Wednesday , 20 February 2019

Kevin Crowe

Kevin Crowe
Kevin and his husband Simon live in the Highlands where they ran, before retiring, a bookshop, art gallery and restaurant. Kevin previously worked with young homeless people and an HIV/Aids worker. He describes himself as a Socialist, is out within the Roman Catholic Church and has over the years been involved in various voluntary activities, including LGBTIQ groups. Until recently he was a committee member of Highland LGBT Forum and a tutor on the Inverness based Pink Castle Philosophy Club, and is currently convenor of the Highland LGBT Writers Group. Since the late 1960s his poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, web site and anthologies.

Belief Matters … Or Not? The Limits to Free Speech?

Pastor Angus Buchan

Free speech is an essential ingredient of any democratic society. For freedom of expression to mean anything, it must include the right to offend others. You have the right to attack my religious beliefs, political beliefs, lifestyle, sexuality and so on. You even have the right to use intemperate language, should you so wish. I have the same right to ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? Faith and Doubt: two sides of the same coin

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  I’m in church. Mass will shortly be starting. I am praying, reciting the familiar words, thanking God for my life and explaining my problems. But something isn’t right. I feel I am praying to nothing, I feel an emptiness. Perhaps I have had a row with my husband or am angry at the latest homophobic outburst from some influential ...

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Highland LGBT Forum and LEAP Sports Scotland in New Joint Initiative

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A leading Scottish LGBTI sports organisation, LEAP Sports Scotland, and the Highland LGBT Forum have come together in a new joint initiative following a successful bid to the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. They will be setting up a one year project which will aim to reduce the social, geographic and identity isolation that LGBTI people in the Highlands ...

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Transat accused of refusing to let transgender woman board plane

Air Transat

Canadian airline Air Transat has been accused of refusing to let a transgender woman board her flight from Glasgow to Toronto, Canada. Ari Bianca Silvera, who has dual Italian and Argentinian citizenship and who lives in Scotland, was planning to travel to Toronto with her partner to attend a friend’s wedding. Silvera alleges she was refused to board the flight, despite ...

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LGBT Catholics Welcome Pope’s Call For An Apology to Gays

Pope Francis

LGBT Catholics have welcomed Pope Francis’ call for Christians to apologise to gay people and others marginalised by the Church. On his flight back to the Vatican from Armenia, he told journalists: “I repeat what the catechism says: that they (LGBT people) must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally.” He also said the Church ...

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Scottish Government Publishes Latest Hate Crime Figures

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  The Scottish Government has published Hate Crime figures for 2015 – 2016. The statistics, which show an increase in reported crimes when compared to the previous year, are based on incidents reported to the police. Race Hate incidents remain the largest category, with 3712 incidents reported. However, this is the lowest figure since 2003-04. Most other categories show an ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does Scottish Labour stand on LGBTI issues?

Kezia-Dugdale

Like most other parties competing in the Scottish parliament elections, the Scottish Labour Party is keen to highlight its support for LGBTI equality. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently came out and earlier this week told Pink News she is “quite clearly gay” (also reported in yesterday’s Herald).  Labour’s manifesto has a specific section on LGBTI rights, rather than integrating them ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

The SNP

In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? The Subversive Nature of Amoris Laetitia

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Last week, I gave my initial thoughts on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (the Joy of Love), noting some of its positive features as well as its shortcomings. This week I look at some of the responses to “Amoris Laetitia” and draw some conclusions about its importance. The document is proving controversial, both within and outwith the Catholic church. Conservative theologians ...

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Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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